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They just don't see it
Laurie Knight <>
Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:05:12 +1000
I took my camera in to work to day to photograph the Olive-backed
Oriole nesting by the path in an inner Brisbane park.
[As luck would have it, a pair of male of male koels were making a
racket out in the open in a fig tree on the way to the site, so I got
some nice pix of a normally hard to photograph skulker].
The park staff hadn't done anything to limit pedestrian traffic past
the nest, and there were quite a few people passing through while I
was there. At one stage a group of 100 school kids tromped past. Not
one person passing within touching distance saw the nest. The parent
bird was not phased by the passing traffic. It merely flew 10 metres
into the foliage and was typically back in the nest within 30-60
I got some nice pix of the bird on the nest [submitted to ABID] and
couldn't help wondering if the nest was vulnerable to the koels [who
were probably lurking with intent].
It will be interesting to see what emerges from the nest.
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